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USA Hockey Announces World Junior A Challenge Roster

Max Zimmer is one of four first-time draft eligible players on the US roster
Max Zimmer is one of four first-time draft eligible players on the US roster
Matt Christians

USA Hockey announced a roster of twenty players that will compete for the US at the upcoming World Junior A Challenge, held in Cobourg and Whitby, Ontario December 13-19.

The World Junior A Challenge is a U20 event sponsored by Hockey Canada to showcase players playing at the Junior A level. All 20 players announced to the USA roster currently play in the USHL. The US has won six of the past seven tournaments.

Every US player selected is currently committed to a college, save former Maine Black Bear Liam Pecararo. Four players on the team have already been drafted, with another four players eligible for the Draft for the first time this summer.

One more forward and one defenseman are expected to announced prior to the tournament, but at this point, the roster looks like this:

Current Team
College Commitment
NHL Rights
Andrew Peeke D R 6-3 205 1998-03-07 Parkland FL Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) University of Notre Dame 2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible
John Marino D R 6-2 185 1997-05-21 North Easton MA Tri-City Storm (USHL) Harvard University EDM (2015, 6th rd., 154 ovr.)
Jack Ahcan D L 5-8 170 1997-05-18 Savage MN Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) St. Cloud State University
Mitch Reinke D R 5-11 178 1996-02-04 Stillwater MN Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) Michigan Tech University
Ryan Zuhlsdorf D L 6-0 195 1997-07-01 Edina MN Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) University of Minnesota TBL (2015, 5th rd., 150 ovr.)
Spenser Young D R 5-10 177 1997-03-24 Brentwood NH Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) Providence College
Chase Pearson F L 6-3 186 1997-08-23 Alpharetta GA Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) University of Maine DET (2015, 5th rd., 140 ovr.)
Tanner Laczynski F R 6-0 174 1997-06-01 Shorewood IL Chicago Steel (USHL) Ohio State University
William Knierim F R 6-3 212 1998-01-22 Skokie IL Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) Miami University 2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible
Callahan Burke F R 5-10 179 1997-03-24 Boxborough MA Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) University of Notre Dame
Liam Pecararo F L 5-11 164 1996-04-05 Canton MA Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
Max Zimmer F L 5-11 185 1997-10-29 Medina MN Chicago Steel (USHL) University of Wisconsin 2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible
Rem Pitlick F L 5-10 195 1997-04-02 Plymouth MN Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) University of Minnesota
Jake Wahlin F L 5-9 170 1996-11-09 White Bear Lake MN Tri-City Storm (USHL) St. Cloud State University
Josh Wilkins F L 5-11 170 1997-06-11 Raleigh NC Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) Providence College
Ross Colton F L 6-0 190 1996-09-11 Robbinsville NJ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) University of Vermont
Grant Jozefek F R 5-10 185 1997-10-25 Chester NJ Lincoln Stars (USHL) Northeastern University 2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible
Carson Meyer F R 5-9 167 1997-08-18 Powell OH Tri-City Storm (USHL) Miami University
Colin Peters F R 6-0 165 1997-02-05 Sheboygan WI Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) Northern Michigan University
Kris Oldham G L 6-4 210 1997-06-25 Anchorage AK Omaha Lancers (USHL) University of Nebraska Omaha TBL (2015, 6th rd., 153 ovr.)